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African Political Economy

The LSE African Political Economy Group exists to provide research-focused interaction around issues of African politics, and to encourage engagement between the LSE and top international scholars in African politics.

Our regular seminars are a forum for members to present working papers, and for a discussion of new research in the field. These seminars are open to all faculty, fellows, and PhD students working on issues of African politics, or related development or political economy issues. The group also jointly hosts a yearly Working Group on African Political Economy, which is an all-day conference for the discussion of ongoing research in African politics and political economy by UK and EU scholars.

Organisers: Joachim Wehner (GV), Ryan Jablonski (GV)

Seminars of the African Political Economy Group will be on Zoom during the Michaelmas Term, on Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm in weeks 3, 5, 7 and 10. Members will receive access details in advance of meetings. The schedule for the Lent Term will be confirmed later.

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Upcoming events

Michaelmas Term

  • 14 October 2020, 4:00-5:30pm
    Anne Della-Guardia, LSE
    Targeting and Intra-Communal Relations in Chad’s National Safety Net Program
    (with Milli Lake)
  • 28 October 2020, 4:00-5:30pm
    Nonso Obikili, UN and CDG
    Prison Labor: The Price of Prisons and the Lasting Effects of Incarceration
    (with Belinda Archibong)
  • 11 November 2020, 4:00-5:30pm
    Daniel de Kadt, UC Merced

    Electoral accountability and state violence: The political legacy of the Marikana massacre

  • 2 December 2020, 4:00-5:30pm
    Amanda Robinson, Ohio State University
    The Political Implications of Ethnic Visibility

Lent Term

  • 4 February 2021, 5:00-6:30pm
    Stan Markus, University of Southern California with Mogens Justesen, Copenhagen Business School
    Electoral oligarchy: voter support for tycoon candidates in South Africa
    Please note different date and time - this seminar is co-hosted with the Comparative Politics and Comparative Political Economy Workshop
  • 17 February 2021, 4:00-5:30pm
    Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (University of Ghana Business School)
  • 4 March 2021, 5:00-6:30pm

    Catherine Boone (LSE) with Michael Wahman (MSU)
    From Identity to Economy: Regional Cleavage in African Electoral Politics
    Please note different date and time - this seminar is co-hosted with the Comparative Politics and Comparative Political Economy Workshop

Past Events

16 October 2019, 5:00-7:00pm
McDonald Lewanika & Yuezhou Yang, LSE

30 October 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
Darin Christensen, UCLA, Luskin School

13 November 2019, 5:00-7:00pm
Jonathan Weigel, LSE

27 November 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
Mai Hassan, University of Michigan 

5 February 2020, 5:00-7:00pm
George Ofosu, LSE

19 February 2020, 4:00-6:00pm
Makena Micheni & Carolin Dieterle, LSE

4 March 2020, 5:00-7:00pm
Sarah Brierley, LSE